Year 4 Scheduling and Residency Process . January 14, 2009 Class of 2011. Expectations. Increase Knowledge Decrease Anxiety Identify Resources. Knowledge. Timeline of Year 4 How the Match Process Works Acronyms: MSPE, LORs, ERAS, & NRMP Scheduling. Anxiety Reduction. Facts vs. Rumor
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January 14, 2009
Class of 2011
Timeline of Year 4
How the Match Process Works
Acronyms: MSPE, LORs, ERAS, & NRMP
Facts vs. Rumor
Know where to get information
Advice: Change your voicemail message so that it states your full name and sounds like a “work” voicemail
First and foremost, please complete the online MSPE Questionnaire at the following site by March 1st: http://somdeansdsadev/applications/mspe/questionnaire/
The first section of the questionnaire is the “Sample Unique Characteristics” section, which is the best chance you have to influence what is included in your MSPE so take your time.
Please closely follow the included guidelines and refer to the sample given, as this is the structure that will be used. Refer to yourself in the 3rd person and be sure to only include information that you would want to have on your MSPE.
The sample Unique Characteristics and guidelines can be found at the following site: http://www.medstudent.ucla.edu/current/year3/documents/sampleMSPE.pdf
For review of the guidelines:
MEDICAL STUDENT PERFORMANCE EVALUATION
NOVEMBER 1, 2008
Joe Bruin is a fourth-year student at the Joe Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in Los Angeles, California.
Joe Bruin was born in New York to immigrant parents. His mother is a nurse, and his father is a dentist. At age three, the family moved to downtown Los Angeles while his father completed dentistry licensure, then to Orange County and finally to Palos Verdes. In elementary and high school, Joe developed an interest in science and excelled in his studies. He also competed in Tae-Kwan Do and held an international junior ranking.
Seeking to broaden horizons, Joe did his undergraduate work at Rutgers University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Genetics and Human Biology. He made the Dean’s List for two years. In the summer following his freshman year, he became an Emergency Medical Technician in a ten-week program at UCLA, and this led to a two-year stint as a live-in volunteer firefighter and EMT at the Cayuga Heights Fire Department in Ithaca. He assumed leadership roles as company secretary and then president.
After graduation, Joe decided to take a research year with Dr. Buchanan in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at UCLA. He was involved in a number of basic projects concerning bone repair. This work has continued and expanded to include a project on imaging of experimental metastatic lesions. As a result of his research, Joe is co-author of seven manuscripts in print or in press. During the dedicated research year, Joe supported himself by teaching at the Kaplan Learning Center and an independent learning center in Torrance and by private tutoring.
Joe has done very well at the School of Medicine. He maintains a wide scope of interests outside of medicine, including athletics, travel, cooking, auto restoration, and music. His interest in orthopedics has been strengthened by his clinical experiences and his ongoing research. He enjoys the technical challenges that orthopedics provides, the camaraderie among physicians in the discipline, and the nature of the clinical problems.
Date of expected graduation from Medical School: June 2, 2009
Date of initial matriculation in Medical School: August 4, 2005
Please explain any extensions, leave(s) of absence, gap(s) or breaks in the student’s educational program: N/A
Transfer student: N/A. UCLA does not accept transfer students.
For dual/joint/combined degree students: N/A
Date of Initial Matriculation in Other Degree Program:
Date of Expected Graduation from Other Degree Program:
Type (degree and major) of Other Degree Program:
Was this student required to repeat any coursework during his/her medical education?(if yes, please explain): No
Was this student the recipient of any adverse actions by the medical school or its parent institution? (if yes, please explain): No
The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA adopted a pure pass/fail grading system without the ability to obtain honors with the 1993 entering class. However, a Letter of Distinction can be awarded. A Letter of Distinction is based on the extraordinary quality of a student’s performance, irrespectivof the performance of other students in the course. These letters are not awarded on any type of quota system.
An assessment of Joe’s academic abilities both in the basic sciences as well as in the clinical sciences can be readily ascertained from the narratives below. These are taken directly from the evaluations submitted by the course chairs and the faculty of the basic sciences, small group discussion sections, and clinical clerkships:
Years One and Two
Joe successfully completed the curriculum of the first two years. Comments from his evaluations include: “Joe uses his good knowledge of basic science and his own hands-on experience and applies them very well. He had excellent problem solving and critical thinking skills. Often made astute comments. He had the most outstanding patient interviewing skills in the group. Joe will make an incredibly observant, thoughtful and effective physician.”
Required Clinical Clerkships and Elective Rotations
Doctoring 3 (Required) For the duration of the 3rd year
Center for Health Sciences
Joe Bruin is an active, enthusiastic and valuable member of our doctoring group. Joe combines his naturally personable, open demeanor with a fine capacity to articulate and present well reasoned opinions and knowledge on pertinent issues. He demonstrated a highly skillful patient interview and appeared to easily understand the need to subordinate his own rapid, decisive pace and opinions to the needs and pace of the patient. Joe has been a thoughtful participant on all issues and his written and verbal participation have been outstanding in every session.
Longitudinal Preceptorship (Required) For the duration of the 3rd year
Center for Health Sciences
Cardiology: Joe is a star! He is one of the most delightful, insightful, engaging students I have interacted with. During his preceptorship he displayed abilities and talents comparable to a fourth year medical student. He is clearly at the head of the class. During the preceptorship he used the time to practice and hone his physical diagnosis skills, interviewing skills and fund of knowledge. Joe also has a very large interest in scientific investigation. He was always on the lookout for interesting scientific questions and he saw each case as a new opportunity to ask insightful and probing questions. Joe will undoubtedly succeed in any field he chooses. I thoroughly enjoyed my interactions with him and give him my very highest and most enthusiastic evaluation.
Pediatrics (Required) 4/1/2007 (6 weeks)
Center for Health Sciences
Excellent medical student. I am sure he'll be an outstanding resident in whatever field he selects. Nice to work with. Calm and composed. Integrated clinical information extremely well. Always professional and appropriate with coworkers and patients. Efficient and took charge of his own independent learning as well. Joe did a very good job on his Nursery rotation, and it was nice to work with him. Although he is not interested in a Pediatrics career, Joe was always willing to learn new things and experience new patients. He related well with the patients' families, he was always on time, and did a very good job with his history taking and physical exams. I wish him well in his future as a Cardiologist or surgeon. Very professional among patients. Interacted very well with children. In the nursery Joe demonstrated himself to be an eager pleasant student who worked well with the nursery staff.
Psychiatry (Required) 5/28/2007 (6 weeks)
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Joe was one of the best medical students that particular psychiatric service has seen. He is self-motivated, knowledgeable, hard-working, professional, caring conscientious and well-organized. He will be a truly outstanding resident.
Orthopaedic Surgery (Elective) 8/24/2007 (4 weeks)
Center for Health Sciences
Truly an outstanding job by this exemplary student. Joe embodies what I look for in an exceptional future houseofficer: extremely bright, asks provocative questions, hard working, and has an easy going calm demeanor.
Joe Bruin has performed admirably throughout his education. He is bright, friendly, dedicated, and well-rounded. His clerkship evaluations have been particularly strong and seem to predict that he will be a very effective clinician, as well as a good teacher. He has tested his interest in orthopedics with an extended exposure to research and close relationships with a number of faculty members. He has a sophisticated understanding of the field and the intellect and personality to succeed through training and beyond.
Neil H. Parker, M.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Comments from faculty:
"Excellent job getting clinical information efficiently and presenting cases in clear logical format. Good rapport with patients."
"Joanne Bruin is bright and enthusiastic, and did an excellent job on this rotation. She developed instant rapport with patients, putting them at ease. Her histories were detailed and systematic. She evaluated patients carefully, and formulated excellent differential diagnoses and management plans. Her case presentations were complete and focused. It was a pleasure to work with her!"
On her case presentation project she received a score of 20/20 and on her written final examination she received 70%.
"Excellent job getting clinical information efficiently and presenting cases in a clear logical format. Good rapport with patients." "Joanne is bright and enthusiastic, and did an excellent job on this rotation. She developed instant rapport with patients, putting them at ease. Her histories were detailed and systematic. She evaluated patients carefully, and formulated excellent differential diagnoses and management plans. Her case presentations were complete and focused. It was a pleasure to work with her!"
Complete online MSPE Questionnaire by March 1st
Mandatory Application Process Meeting
Meet with Dean Parker (appointments will be scheduled by SAO and assigned to you…if you cannot make your assigned appointment time you will be rescheduled at the end of the list. Again, don’t worry, every student will meet with Dr. Parker and have an MSPE completed and released at the exact same moment, so it neither harms nor helps you to meet with him early vs. late)
Issued ERAS token by SAO to BOL account-make sure there are no junk mail filters set
Complete ERAS application, finalize CV and Personal Statement
September -October :
MSPE Editing Begins
Last day for Evaluations to be received by SAO to be included in MSPE, so schedule your Sub-I’s accordingly if you want them included
MSPEs released automatically to all programs (National Deadline)
Who writes them
Which LORs to use
Early Match (Ophthalmology and Urology)
NOTE for Orthopaedics Applicants: 2-3 LORs should be in specialty and should include Away Electives
For applicants applying in:
You may be required to submit a Chair’s Letter. Requests for Chair’s Letters happen in June.